The federal Office of Management and Budget told state officials in a letter Wednesday that it removed the four Hawaii “phantom” congressional districts listed on the federal government’s transparency web site for stimulus funds, http://www.Recovery.gov/
But in reality, the agency consolidated the phantom districts under one heading: “Unassigned Congressional District” and left the $45,639,408 of stimulus funds assigned to those non-existent districts intact. Federal officials still have not said why these errors occurred or what programs, contracts or services the money allocated to those districts is supposed to cover.
See the full report on Hawaii here: http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/StateSummaries/Pages/statesummary.aspx?StateCode=HI
New Mexico Watchdog broke a similar story on Monday morning after finding that $26 million in stimulus money had been distributed to 13 congressional districts